In a recent article “Stolen Valor Act and the Congressional Medal of Honor” I opined, “I believe you may have a right to lie about whatever you want including that you are a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. But a right or not, you are still a liar.”
In California Xavier Alvarez from Pomona is a local official of the water board. In 2007 he was indicted after stating in a campaign message that he was a retired Marine and a recipient of the highest award for our heroes, The Congressional Medal of Honor. After an investigation, it was revealed that Alvarez never served in the military and had lied for personal gain.
In Connecticut Richard Blumenthal frequently announced that he had served in Vietnam. Here’s one of his 2008 quotes, “We have learned something very important since the days that I served in Vietnam, and you exemplify it, whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it, Afghanistan or Iraq, we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”
Once confronted about his self professed Vietnam War active duty as a U.S. Marine, Blumenthal said he meant to say “during Vietnam” instead of repeatedly stating “in Vietnam“. In truth he actually received five draft deferments and served in the states as a Reservist. Mr. Blumenthal has expressed regret for his numerous fabrications.
Democratic candidate Richard Blumenthal defeated Republican candidate Linda E. McMahon in this past Tuesday’s elections winning a Senate seat being emptied by Senator Christopher J. Dodd.
Lets turn our attention to Illinois Mark Kirk who not so long ago corrected his second lie about his military record. The other day, The Washington Post published an article that Kirk had deceitfully alleged, with a post on his internet profile site, to be a recipient of an award for “Intelligence Officer of the Year”. In truth what occurred was that his military unit received the Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award. There is a huge difference in a unit award and an individual award. (The claim was removed from the site after the Washington Post exposure)
In 2005 Kirk’s campaign spokesperson said the reference on his official House of Congress website had been corrected. Kirk had claimed that he was the only member of Congress to serve in (there’s that “in” word again) Operation Iraqi Freedom.
You guessed it; he changed the “in” to “during“. Sort of sounds familiar doesn’t it?
Republican candidate Mark Kirk defeated Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias in this past Tuesday’s elections to win the former Barack Obama Senate seat.
The courts are presently perusing the validity of the Stolen Valor Act and if the law violates free speech, but thank Goodness for people like State Representative Harry B. “Chip” Limehouse III, a Republican from Charleston, South Carolina. State Rep Limehouse has come up with a way to make the Stolen Valor violators pay for their indiscretions. He wants to hit them in the pocketbook! Now I believe that will get their attention.
According to a Stars and Stripes article Limehouse introduced legislation recently that would “levy hefty fines against state and federal politicians who lie about their military records while campaigning in South Carolina. The first offense would cost the liars $10,000. The third offense would jump up to $30,000”.
He wants to make it clear to future campaigners that faking their military service is unacceptable. He said, “If you lie about your military service, what else will you lie about?”
You are straightforward with your thinking Mr. Representative Limehouse. We need every State in the Union on board with this kind of vision.
The Global Position